Fake bomb forces Air France flight makes emergency
21 December 2015, Nirapad News: An emergency landing of an Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris in Kenya was caused by a false bomb alert.
The airline’s chief says, reports the BBC.
Frederic Gagey told a news conference that the suspected package turned out to have been made of paper and a timer.
The pilots of the Boeing 777 requested to land at Moi International Airport in Mombasa after the item was found in a toilet.
Both the aircraft and airport were safely evacuated.
Gagey told journalists that the device appeared to be made of a carton, sheets of paper and some sort of kitchen timer.
He thanked the crew and the Kenyan authorities for the way they had handled the incident – the fourth such false alarm since the 13 November Paris attacks.
A police official quoted by the media said a passenger had noticed an object in the toilet that looked like ‘a stopwatch mounted on a box’.
Gagey said the crew was alerted, and the pilots informed. The pilots decided to land at the nearest airport.